Its been now ten years living in UAE. Its a second home far away from home. Though this transition to calling it a second home has been very long.
But today I love its beauty, heritage & culture, the dessert summers, security and the way it merges all the communities & cultures of the entire world but still keeping alive its own tradition & culture.
Today also my beautiful second home still amazes me in many ways.Every now & then this country reminds me why people are so attracted to this country. Though the main attraction about this country is it changes one's destiny Rags to Riches. But I personally feel the main reason people are attracted is because of acceptance & tolerance level by the local people here. And the security it provides without any distinction between color , race or religion.
My first encounter with UAE culinary adventure began during the season of grand Dubai shopping festival with paper like thin bread called Ragaag (somewhat like crepe) & Le ge matt ( A kind of Indian Gulgula,), majboos or foogah.
Due to its multicultural ethnicity, many other mid eastern (Levant) like the Shawarmas, Hummus
, Basboosa, Baklawas, Manakeesh, have been adopted in this region.
There are two main spice mix used throughout middle east. Zaatar & Bzar /Baharat You can do so much with them. Every region in mid east has its own recipe. The main difference is in the proportions of ingredients used. Zaatar is a mixture of three main spices Thyme, Sumac & sesame seed (lightly toasted) & sometimes salt. But the best of all I like is the Palestinian zaater. During this DSF, I was so lucky to get a jar of palestinian zaater & olive oil (farm fresh).
But today I am sharing with you the sweet delicacy Legeimat.
These little dumplings are served hot with Date molasses or sometimes honey , sprinkled with seasame seeds. Just pop them hot in your mouth & you will want more.
Serves: 5 - 6
1 cup flour
1/4 cup milk powder
1 tbsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp oil
2 tbsp of 1 small size whipped egg
4 -5 tbsp Dates Molasses or Honey
1 tbsp of seasame
- Mix all the dry ingredients (I)
- In a bowl mix all the wet ingredients (II)
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture to form a sticky gluey dough.
- Cover with cling film & keep aside for 1 hour
- After an hour you will notice the bubbles formed on the dough. Mix again
- Heat the oil at medium temperature & drop in little dough. It will pop up as soon added to hot oil. Keep the flame at medium.
- Fry till golden brown. Remove in a serving plate
- Pour over date molasses or honey
- Sprinkle seasame & serve hot.